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Nemtsov a possible 'sacrificial victim,' investigators say
MOSCOW (AP) -- Maybe it was Islamic extremists who killed Boris Nemtsov. Or someone offended by his love life. Or agents of a Western power that will stop at nothing to disfigure President Vladimir Putin's image and drive him from power....

Nemtsov killing follows slaying of other Kremlin critics
MOSCOW (AP) -- Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases....

Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'
CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court declared Hamas a "terrorist organization" on Saturday, further isolating the blockaded rulers of the Gaza Strip once openly welcomed by the country's toppled Islamist-dominated government....

No plane, many discoveries in yearlong search for Flight 370
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, air and sea travelers and scientists trying to understand ancient changes to the earth's crust....

Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) -- President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe marked his 91st birthday by speaking for more than an hour on his feet Saturday, delivering a characteristically defiant speech in which he threatened to take over land and animal sanctuaries still in the hands of whites....

Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects....

From Iraq to New York, a busy week for Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) -- Little known to the wider world 18 months ago, the Islamic State extremist group has muscled its way into the international spotlight by carving out a self-declared caliphate in the heart of the Mideast, beheading its opponents and foreign journalists, and attracting radicalized youth as far afield as Paris, London and New York....

Ukraine's new US-born finance chief enduring baptism by fire
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- War-torn Ukraine is a long way from Wood Dale, Illinois....

UN: Iraq violence kills at least 1,100 in February
BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.N. mission to Iraq says violence in the country claimed the lives of at least 1,100 Iraqis in February, including more than 600 civilians....

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth....

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Africa
Blasts from women suicide bombers kill 4 in north Nigeria

Asia
India's ruling party forms coalition government in Kashmir

Europe
Ukraine's new US-born finance chief enduring baptism by fire

Latin America/Caribbean
Venezuela to shrink US Embassy staff, require tourist visas

Middle East
UN: Iraq violence kills at least 1,100 in February





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